Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tom Cox, 712-642-4121
Comprehensive Conservation Planning Begins at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Open House Scheduled for Public Comments on Refuge Issues
Refuge staff at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Fort Calhoun, Neb., are beginning work on a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). The first step of the 2-year planning process is to ask neighbors, local communities, and others interested in the Refuge’s future for comments on the issues and opportunities the Refuge will encounter over the next 15 years.
Refuge staff will host an open house to provide the public with an opportunity to share opinions and information about the Refuge in person, and to learn about the CCP process. Everyone is invited to attend the open house, which will be held at the Boyer Chute NWR Refuge Office on Thursday, August 26, 2010, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (3720 Rivers Way, Ft. Calhoun, Neb., 68023). With a wide range of resources and activities on the Refuge, Service staff expect a diversity of ideas, opinions, and interests to be expressed during the public comment period in August.
Comments and other information the Refuge receives now will be used in developing potential future management alternatives. Upon completion, the CCP will guide long-term management decisions and contain goals, objectives, and strategies that direct Refuge activities over the next 15 years. The plan will also ensure that the Refuge contributes to the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and fulfills its established purposes. Comprehensive conservation plans provide other agencies and the public with a clear understanding of the desired conditions of the Refuge, and how the Service will implement management strategies.
Public involvement is an essential part of the planning process. Everyone interested in the Refuge’s future is encouraged to submit written comments on management issues they feel should be considered in planning. Comments can be submitted to the Refuge in person, through the mail, or via the internet. Address submissions to: Boyer Chute NWR, Attn: CCP Comment, 3720 Rivers Way, Ft. Calhoun, NE 68023,
or e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be submitted by the end of the official comment period, September 6, 2010, so that they may be considered throughout the planning process.
Boyer Chute NWR was authorized in 1992 in an ongoing effort to recover, restore, and safeguard fish and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River corridor. The Refuge has an approved acquisition boundary of 9,912 acres. Of that, the Service currently owns and manages approximately 4,040 acres. These lands conserve landscape features found only along major rivers systems including backwaters, side channels, and islands; as well as a diversity of associated floodplain habitats ranging from wetlands and tallgrass prairies to riparian woodlands.
The habitats host abundant and diverse resident wildlife, including endangered species, and serve as important stop-over sites for great numbers of migratory birds in the Central Flyway. The Refuge also provides unique opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation along the Missouri River to the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, as well as a number of smaller communities.
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